Center for Extended Care at Amherst is in Amherst, Massachusetts. This facility received an overall score of F. As far as we can see, you would be better off to avoid of this facility. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another facility. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
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Center for Extended Care at Amherst
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable inspection report this year. As a result, it received a decent grade in that category with a score of B-. Inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This place received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that the government inspectors did not deem any of these deficiencies to create an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
Incredibly, we gave this nursing home a grade of C for its long-term care score, which is not a bad grade. With our long-term care grade, we weigh the sheer volume of services offered by a nursing home, as well as some qualitative measures. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 84.16422 percent of its residents. This is quite a bit lower than what we expected. Nevertheless, this facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
Incredibly, we awarded this nursing home a C for our short-term care score, which is not too bad of a score. Our short-term care grade is generally used to assess a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation In order to offer highly graded rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to offer higher levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. We were surprised to find that this nursing home was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. It provided fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. It is still important to determine whether this is adversely impacting the quality of care. The final metric we assessed in this area is the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 5.3 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
This facility's least impressive area was nursing, which is the final area we analyzed. For this area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of just D. We assessed the levels of nurses working for the nursing home, as well as the number of hours the nurses were with residents, in calculating our grade in this area. This facility averaged a meager 0.2 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. This nursing home fared well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Center for Extended Care at Amherst Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 6.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 3.77% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 2.05% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 19.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for a variety of medical conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 18.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure measures the percent of long-term residents which are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 2.48% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 91.39% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 16.21% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and continence. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 15.75% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 15.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 11.2 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 71.52% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many believe this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.
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